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A Dog’s Personality! Prey, Pack or Defense?

When teaching your dog good house manners, basic obedience or a competition sport are you aware how that particular dog is learning? Have you figured out your dog’s personality, temperament or how he perceives the world?

What drives your dog? Does he prey? If he likes to hunt, kill and eat what he kills then yes…he preys. That behavior is activated by motion, sound and smell.

If his/her drive is to pack than he/she wants a ranking order and social hierarchy.

Defense drives and instinct for survival and self-preservation. Fight or flight behaviors. To fight is to be assertive. Flight is unsure and scared.

Knowing what drives your dog determines the best way to train your dog.

Call Angel Dogs today and learn about your dog’s personality and the best and easiest way to understand and train her/him.

Take the mystery out of what motivates your best friend and turn her/him into a well behaved, sweet companion to hang out with.

Understanding How to Have Harmony with Our Dogs

When working with people and dogs throughout the years I have had heard many times a statement that would always make me wonder why my clients were not achieving the end result that I was able to do with their dog. The statement is, “My dog behaves so much better when you are working him/her.” It started me thinking on how I could communicate to my clients what was the key ingredient that could give them the same results I was achieving. As a dog trainer my goals are many but one of the most important beside a well trained happy dog was an owner who was impressed with my services and time I spent with them. When working with a dog I like to help them mentally, physically and spiritually everyday. Mentally is challenging a dog to learn. I always start with basic obedience: heel, sit, stay, come, and down. I also add in some fun games that helps a dog understand what is needed from them. Challenging a dog mentally makes a smarter and happier animal. If you don’t challenge a dog mentally they can get bored and become destructive for instance, chewing up sprinkler head, digging big holes, tearing up carpet or ruining furniture just to name a few ways a dog can act out. They can become assertive and challenge you or family members by jumping on people, barking, growling, snapping, or even biting someone. When you work your dog in basic obedience and follow through with the commands correctly you will establish a hierarchy with your dog which is one of the key ingredients when living in a dog’s world. Remember we have to enter into their world which means understanding pack mentality. You need to establish a hierarchy in your family and the dogs are under all the humans in the family. Than you have to understand the hierarchy between your dogs if you have more than one. This is one of the key elements in bringing in harmony between humans and dog families.
When working with your dog physically that means challenging their bodies with physical exercise. When choosing an exercise program make sure your dog is physically fit. In today’s world a dog can have joint problems such as hip dysphasia, elbow dysphasia, or heart murmurs, seizures to name a few. Make sure your vet has given your dog a physical before starting any strenuous exercise program. Some exercises you can do with your dog are jogging, walking, swimming, hiking, agility, or fly ball. Also when exercising a puppy make sure it is not an exercise that stresses their joints at such an early age. If you have a high energy dog challenge them physically before you work them mentally. By harnessing their energy level it will help them be calmer when working them mentally.
When working with a dog’s spirit to me that includes loving your dog, feeding them the best of foods, providing clean water, grooming, providing a good home (shelter), and making sure they are in the best of health. It also includes the mental and physical aspect of their lives.
When owning a dog I believe the best way to achieve harmony with your dog is to daily exercise them, mentally challenge them, make sure their health is good and love them for their unique character.
Dogs bring so much enjoyment into our lives make sure their daily life is complete and you will have a companion for life.

What is Dog Agility?

Dog agility is a fun, recreational sport that is like visiting an amusement park every time you step onto the field. It is a great outlet for dogs and puppies with excess energy and a fun way to spend some free time with your canine companion. In dog agility training, you will teach your dog to go up and down a see-saw, soar over or through jump obstacles, scale a 6-foot tall A-frame, race through tunnels and barrels, and zigzag through closely spaced upright poles. Whatever your goals are with dog agility training I can help you get there.

Angel Dogs Dog Agility Class in the News

The Fall 2010 Pecos Dog Agility Class was featured in an Arizona Republic slideshow. The photos are great. Check it out »